On Retreat: The Yatra To India

Yatra is a Sanskrit word meaning pilgrimage. Since 2001 Mark has been leading the Hard Light Center on a spiritual pilgrimage to India, staying in the Fire Mountain Retreat in Nimboli/Ganeshpuri, near Mumbai. Yatras have occurred every one to three years. The last yatra to Fire Mountain was held in February 2014. No date has been set yet for the next yatra. When more information is available, it will be published here.


Travel to India: What to Bring


from Mark Griffin:

“This place [Fire Mountain retreat] is super-charged with pure consciousness; this entire place is filled with the shakti of the Guru. That’s what’s here. It’s not like, it’s kind of powerful, there’s a throb here, there’s a lot of energy here – it’s more than that. Every particle of space is activated by the Guru Shakti. To breathe here is a spiritual event. The space between the breaths here is the doorway to emptiness. Always remember I’m telling you this. There’ll be times in your lives where you will need clarity. This is all our home; you’re always welcome here. The ashram is a place where enlightenment is convenient; it is a fruit in your hand. Why? Because we picked a really good place to build it.

When Nityananda came here in 1937, he was here, then crossed the river. He talked about building roads. Baba came to America in early 1974; I met him in 1976. And now we’ve come back here. It’s a closed circuit. Because this space is what it is, every single sub-particle charged – and I’m not speaking poetically or creatively: it’s pure description. It is super-responsive to consciousness; it’s super-responsive to the vibrations of samadhi.”

~ Mark Griffin, October 2009

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